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This one hour musical play tells the story of life in the early 1840s, as immigrants came up the Mississippi River to Nauvoo on the Maid of Iowa, a beautiful little paddle-wheeler. You’ll laugh at the antics of young Eli, thrill at the dancing and music, and feel the depth of devotion of these early settlers in Nauvoo as they face the martyrdom of their leader, and the violent and dangerous exodus from their homes in the middle of winter. Tickets are free but required for admission.
Deck the Depot
Saunter over to Berwyn's Depot District for Deck the Depot, a brisk holiday walk through Berwyn's downtown Winter Wonderland complete with lights, live reindeer and a petting zoo at the Municipal Parking Facility. Let Santa know what's on your wish list and then get a complimentary photo with the Big Man in Red at Bounce Sports. Snuggle up on a horse-drawn sleigh ride or a hayride (Windsor & Grove Ave.). Relax to the sounds of Carolers. For those who prefer a traditional chauffeur, a heated trolley will also make stops at all of the Open Houses. Best of all, even the "naughty" will be treated like the "nice" as all of the event's aforementioned features are family-friendly and free. Opening Ceremony will take place at 5:15pm at the "Berwyn" Train Depot at Windsor & Grove. Pick up an event punch card and enter our event raffle by visiting Bounce Sports. Depot District merchants will stay open late to offer complimentary goodies, holiday specials and cheer to all who visit. Don't forget that holiday shopping list! As an extra incentive, the event will feature a special drawing for adults 21+ who spend $10 in the Depot District and have the event passport "punched" by all of the participating open houses for a chance to win a basket worth over $200!
All Seasons Apple Orchard
Take a wagon ride to the orchard where you will be surrounded by thousands of apples trees and 12 varieties of apples and pears. Enjoy seasonal activities like pumpkin picking and the corn maze. There is also a cow train, goat bridge, corn crib, giant swings, a spider web, jumping pillow and a petting zoo. The weekends even have pig races and a magic show for the kids. Take your whole family down for some apple picking and make sure to stick around for the many other activities.
Dave & Buster's
Eat. Drink. Play. Watch. Over 40,000 square feet of fun!! With more than 200 games in the Million Dollar Midway. Win tickets playing the games and turn them in for great prizes in the Winner's Circle. Grab an appetizer at the bar, or head into the dining room for awesome dishes. With a full menu featuring burgers, steaks, seafood, pasta, salads and more, everyone will find something that satisfies. Watch sports on big screens and enjoy great deals on signature cocktails, beer and wine. Specials: 1/2 Price Games Wed - open to close. Eat & Play is $16.99 at this location, restrictions apply. House Policies: Under 18 need a parent or guardian. 6 minors per adult. Kiddie call 11pm.
CITY: Vernon Hills
Red Barn Market
It's spring and we are open 8 to 6 everyday. We now have a great selection of vegetable plants, herbs, annuals, perennials, and hanging baskets. New plans are coming in every week. As always there is pottery, outdoor furniture, and fountains. Also, we have fresh asparagus direct from or farm. Come today and check us out!
Itasca Historical Depot Museum
The Itasca Historical Museum was the original Itasca Train Depot built in 1873. A 1939 Milwaukee Road Rib-side Caboose numbered 01839 was acquired and restored to its original bright orange appearance with all new doors, windows and wood interior. Kids love the interactive train display in the Depot which looks like Itasca in the late 1800’s with bells and whistles. Open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11am-4pm and the 1st and 2nd Saturdays each month from 9am-2pm.
The PIT & Frankie's Fun Center
The PIT & Frankie's Fun Center offers a great place where a family, tween or teens can hang out with pizza, hand-dipped ice cream, and snacks. You can also shoot pool or play arcade games.
Hampton Inn Yorkville
77 guest rooms, including single-room and whirlpool suites, indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness room, business center, On the House™ hot breakfast, meeting space and free wired and wireless Internet. Near Raging Waves Waterpark, Yorkville canoe/kayak chute and more.
Vito & Nick's II
Good fun, good people, good food, local neighborhood joint. Now serving deep dish pizza too! Outdoor seating.
CITY: Tinley Park
Windy City Thunderbolts
The Windy City ThunderBolts baseball brings affordable family entertainment all summer long at Standard Bank Stadium. 2007 & 2008 Frontier League Champions! Call to reserve groups or parties today!
Drury Inn & Suites
Located at the intersection of I-57 and I-64, the Drury Inn & Suites Mt. Vernon is just moments away from popular attractions, shopping, outdoor adventures and history lessons.
CITY: Mount Vernon
Symphony in Lights
The Promenade Bolingbrook and the Village of Bolingbrook join together to provide spectacular Holiday family fun with the Symphony in Lights Holiday Light Show beginning at dusk and runs every hour on the hour until 9 p.m., Nov 15 - Dec 31. Tree Lighting is November 15th, 3pm – 8pm. Take more than 250,000 computer-controlled, brightly colored, energy efficient lights, choreograph them to the thunderous sounds of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, add flickering, multi-directional, strobe-like bursts of light, and the result is Symphony in Lights, the largest, most energetic, innovative, public holiday light show in the country that twinkles and shimmers as it illuminates the million-square-foot Promenade Bolingbrook. The show is designed to fit its environment. Spectators will experience 40 life-sized snowflakes dance around a massive 48-foot tall tree in the center's Village Green gathering area. LED lights at the Center run the entire show on the amount of energy needed to power only one average-sized home.
Crowne Plaza Springfield
The Crowne Plaza Springfield hotel is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the area's history, culture and quirks. Whether you’re traveling for business or leisure, their goal is to make your experience a memorable one.
Crab Orchard Kennel Club AKC Dog Show
This Annual AKC Dog Show boasts many additional amenities. Sign up to bring your dog to the hearing clinic or get their nails trimmed while you wait. Over 100 breeds will try to make it to the Best In Show ring. There will also be vendors of dog treats, toys, beds, blankets and more.
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Heroes and Heroines"
Heroes and Heroines have been the focus of the greatest story tellers throughout history! Join Danville Symphony Orchestra Maestro Jeremy Sterling and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Principal French Hornist, Robert Danforth for this musical survey of some of the most heroic stories ever set.
Located in Nauvoo's Historic Downtown District the Woodruff Hotel welcomes its guests into the original 1871 Temple House building. Recognized in the National Registry of Historic Places, and standing high among the city's revered landmarks, this special Nauvoo hotel is named after one of Nauvoo's early distinguished and beloved residents. . . Wilford Woodruff.
Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora
Near major attractions like Blackberry Farm, great golfing and shopping. Short drive to Hollywood Casino, Paramount Theatre and more. Amenities include 6,000 square foot swimming complex, kiddie pool, 2,200-gallon hot tub, exercise room and free high speed internet.
Christmas Trolley Lights Tour
Relax before the holidays on this illuminated tour of the LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby and Utica area, just days before Christmas. Let the staff plan the route and do the driving so you can enjoy light displays in our fully enclosed trolley. The trolleys are heated but you may want to bring along an extra blanket. Each tour will have a guide to get into the holiday spirit through some Christmas carols and songs. Tours run from 6-8pm and reservations are a must.
NJCAA Division II Men's National Basketball Tournament
Danville Area Community College and the City of Danville will again host the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Men’s National Basketball Tournament at the DACC campus March 17-21, 2015. This year marks the 22nd year that Danville has hosted the tournament and the 30th year of the tournament.
Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days
The 26th Annual Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days will be held at John A Logan College. It is the largest celebration of Hunting and Fishing Day in the country. This 200+ vendor show offers something for the whole family. Bass Fishing and Crappie seminars, catfish contest, Goose calling contests, Dock Dogs competitions, retriever demonstrations and a kids fishing hole are just a few of the activities throughout the weekend.
4th of July Celebration events includes: Freedom Run a 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run; a Gospel Show; a Parade; Free Concert at the City Park and much more. Capping off the Freedom Fest is one of the largest fireworks display in Southern Illinois.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings offers lunch and dinner. It includes an atmosphere great for any sporting event or family gathering.
WinterFest in Downtown Oak Park
Join Oak Park for a cookie walk inside over 50 participating shops and restaurants! Catch a glimpse of Saint Nicholas, enjoy a variety of family friendly acts and warm up inside the hospitality tent with free hot chocolate and coffee.
CITY: Oak Park
Annual Downtown Celebration
Plan to be part of the Downtown Celebration, a festive day of music, food and fun in the heart of Historic Downtown Jacksonville.
The House of Busifingers
A gift shop that brings out the kid in you. Specializing in hand crafted gifts, doll clothes and doll accessories, inspirational signs and country decor. Doll clothes to fit the 18 inch and 14-15 inch dolls, like American Girl dolls. You can also stuff your own plush animal. Birthday parties are available.
Lexington Inn & Suites - Effingham
Offers meeting rooms, non-smoking & smoking rooms/suites, pet friendly, free breakfast, pool & spa, and free internet.
Offers breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Locally owned Mexican Restaurant with daily drink specials. Indoor patio for dining.
CITY: Johnston City
Rodeway Inn - Effingham
Rodeway offers standard amenities, along with microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, and cable television. Whirlpool bathtubs, sofa sleepers and spacious work desks are available in some rooms. A continental breakfast is also provided.
Pizza and Pasta Express
We offer an alcohol-free, family environment with speedy service and positive attitudes. Children and adults of all ages enjoy our large-scale model train display that is suspended from above and in full operation while they dine. So come in and enjoy some of the best homemade Pizza and Pasta dishes found in the area. Be sure to try our famous Double Decker Pizza & award-winning Italian beef subs and salads.
Barn Quilts of Dewitt County
Barn quilts of DeWitt County is a project designed to celebrate Clinton and DeWitt County’s rich agricultural history, showcase our rural areas, promote agritourism, the arts, and create a sense of community pride. Throughout the county, vibrant, hand-painted 8’X8’ quilt blocks on ‘wooden canvases’ adorn numerous barns, making a drive through the countryside all the more enjoyable.
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
A fun, family-friendly restaurant with a full menu that features award-winning traditional wings, boneless wings, chicken tenders, naked tenders, spun in one of 14 signature sauces. From barbeque to blazin', there's a sauce for everyone in the family. The menu also includes burgers wraps, salads, ribs and more. With a multitude of plasmas and big screen tv's it's the perfect place to watch your favorite team.
Holiday Lights at Bunker Hill Historic Area
The historic buildings at Kennekuk County Park's Bunker Hill Historic Area will be decorated for the holidays and thousands of lights illuminated Friday - Sunday 5:00 - 8:00 PM through the holiday season.
Grafton Homestead Retreat
This country home, located in Grafton, Illinois, is nestled on over 70 acres of trees, pasture and farmland. Enjoy hours with your family exploring the outdoors, fishing, roasting marshmallows or taking a ride on the paddle boat. The property features pond fishing, camping, bonfire and BBQ facilities, hiking areas and picnicking. No hunting is allowed on the property but hunters are more than welcome to stay in this region known for its duck and deer hunting. Reservations are required.
White Water Canyon Water Park
White Water Canyon Water Park is an affordable, wet and wild oasis just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, perfect for the whole family!
CITY: Tinley Park
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
Saturdays and Sundays, December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, Friday to Wednesday, December 26-31 (4-9pm) See the Lights. Feel the Magic. Continue the tradition. Chilcagoland's largest lights festival surrounds you in the cheer of over 1,000,000 twinkling lights, caroling to the animals, ice carving, light shows, Santa and Mrs. Claus. You're sure to feel the magic of the holidays! Many of our indoor exhibits will be open for viewing favorite animals, plus there will be Singing to the Animals and special Zoo Chats. In addition, the zoo restaurants and food stands will be open with full menus and holiday treats, and gift shops will have hundreds of unique items for those hard-to-shop-for loved ones. Enjoy a full schedule of nightly music and live entertainment inside the Pavilions. Also on the schedule, an amazing magic show, costumed characters, a model railroad display, and the 38 foot Talking Tree.
The Patio Restaurant - Orland Park
Voted "Best BBQ Ribs in the Chicago Southland." This is now a 37-year casual dining, catering and carryout tradition in the Southwest and Western suburbs.
CITY: Orland Park
Byassee Keyboard and Sound
Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, Byassee Music is one of the locally-owned and operated choices for music instruments and equipment in Williamson county and Southern Illinois. Backed by over three decades of experience, the store has become a cornerstone of the Marion community. Also offering DJ services.
The Courier Cafe is a charming family restaurant located in a former newspaper building that serves burgers, hand-dipped shakes, and all your breakfast favorites.
Chuck's Depot is a locally owned hobby shop. Chuck has a large stockage of scale engines, cars, and building kits from all periods. The depot has two layouts- one in the shop for demos, and his personal one fills the basement. Chuck is also a distributor for various systems, and he carries model cars and aircraft in different scales.
Early Tin Dusters Fall Color Run
A street rod show of 1949 cars and older held in the streets of downtown Quincy each year. 900+ cars in attendance plus vendors and special drives and events each year. Free registration.
Hyatt Place Champaign
The Hyatt Place Champaign-Urbana is opening in 2014. This nine-story hotel features 3,200 square feet of meeting space and 145 well-appointed, modern guestrooms. The hotel is located in the vibrant heart of downtown Champaign, featuring 36 restaurants within a two block radius of the hotel. The eclectic dining scene is sure to provide you with numerous choices to dazzle your taste buds with their distinctive twists on worldly cuisine. The Official Hotel Partner of Fighting Illini Athletics, Hyatt Place is conveniently located in downtown Champaign, only minutes from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Campus.
Otter Cove Aquatic Park
Splash park features interactive children's water play area with safety surface.Lazy River, tube and body slides, lap pool, zero-depth entry pool, toddler pool, diving boards, concessions, sand play area.
CITY: St. Charles
Downtown Crystal Lake/Main Street
Visit our award-winning Premier Main Street which is full of charming shops, delightful restaurants, quality entertainments and life-enhancing opportunities and events.
CITY: Crystal Lake
Courtyard by Marriott - Normal
The Courtyard by Marriott is located one block off of Veteran's Parkway, just minutes from fine dining, infinite hours of shopping and indoor and outdoor golf. The newly renovated lobby features The Bistro, a restaurant serving bountiful breakfast options and dinner options that include soups, salads, sandwiches and pizza. The lounge is the perfect place to enjoy wine, beer or signature cocktails. Whether traveling for business or leisure, the Courtyard by Marriott ensures a memorable stay with its great facilities and award-winning staff.
California Pizza Kitchen - Chicago
Hearth-baked Pizzas, made to order pastas, innovative salads and delicious desserts. Also available for carry-out and delivery.
Dave & Buster's
A 24,000 sq. ft. restaurant and entertainment facility.
CITY: Orland Park
6th Annual Civil War Santa’s Visit
Celebrate Christmas, 1860s style, at Lincoln Log Cabin. While Christmas would not become an official holiday until 1870, during the Civil War, soldiers both north and south found ways to celebrate. Join us as we welcome our Civil War era Santa Claus, whose image once graced the front page of Harper’s Weekly as he distributed gifts to Union soldiers. Let’s hope they won’t be any hardtack under your tree this year! 10am-4pm
Best Western - Effingham
Best Western offers free breakfast, pool & spa, non-smoking and smoking rooms, and is pet friendly. If you want to go out diner you don't have to travel to far, because the Raintree Restaurant is located next door and it is owned by the same family.
Travel back in time for a glimpse of holidays in seasons past. Luminaries will light the way to our log cabins where pioneer families will be celebrating. They might even be serving holiday goodies! Stop by and share your holiday wishes with a Civil War era Santa. Enjoy freshly popped corn along the way and come inside the Nature Center to listen to the sound of music. Held on the Festival Grounds in Spencer Conservation Area.
Noah's Ark Pet Shoppe
Noah's Ark Pet Shoppe has everything for small animals. Bird cages, lizard cages, snake tanks, fish bowls and much more. They also have birds, fish, lizards, rabbits, snakes and more small animals.
Paramount Theatrical Production: Mary Poppins
Enormous dance numbers on the ground and the roof tops. Statues coming to life, giant orchestrations for such iconic songs as “Spoon Full of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” And of course, a few Mary Poppins magical moments that will leave you flying high. Celebrate the holidays with the ones you love at Paramount’s Mary Poppins! A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers & the Walt Disney Film. Rated G
The Patio Restaurant
Voted "Best BBQ Ribs in the Chicago Southland." This is now a 37-year casual dining, catering and carryout tradition in the Southwest and Western suburbs.
Breakfast with Santa
Join the jolliest man, as well as the Mrs., for a breakfast buffet at Starved Rock Lodge. Following breakfast, you'll be treated to "Magic by Cory". Also attending will be "Grace" a white-tailed deer from the Furry Friends. Children may take turns sitting on Santa's lap to tell him their Christmas wishes and receive a chocolate treat. Enjoy brunch and meet Santa between 8:30am and 11:30am. $15.50 adults & $11.95 children under 10.
Teutopolis Monastery Museum
See displays of early life in this German Catholic community, founded in 1838. The first Franciscans arrived in October 1858, and the three priests and six brothers quickly set about building a parish and friary.
Family restaurant with specialties such as fantastic baby back ribs that fall off the bone, charbroiled steaks & juicy prime rib that melt in your mouth, & a wide variety of glorious burgers.
Build It! Make It! - Discovery Center Museum
Back by popular demand! Creativity flows this fall in the Build It! Make It! exhibit as Discovery Center visitors design, invent, and construct whatever they can dream up. Woodward Exhibit Hall has been transformed into an innovative space filled with all kinds of building items where kids and adults can play with ideas, explore materials and tinker with tools. Legos, K'Nex, and our Imagination Playground giant foam blocks are just the beginning of the imaginative construction zone. Additional Tinkering and Make It areas provide opportunities for children to explore and invent using real materials and real tools.
Starbucks is open 24 hours and offers specialty coffees.
KB Learning Center
KB Learning Center provides therapy and educational toys at competitive prices.Teaching supplies are also available.
Fairfield Inn & Suites - Bloomington
The Fairfield Inn & Suites is conveniently located four miles from Illinois State University and three miles from Illinois Wesleyan University. It is a short drive away from all of the Bloomington-Normal State Farm Insurance offices, as well as the Ironwood Golf Course, Highland Park Golf Course, and The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course. Just minutes away from the property in Downtown Bloomington are numerous local restaurants, an exciting nightlife, and countless other attractions including the U.S. Cellular Coliseum and the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. The Fairfield Inn & Suites is conveniently accessible off of I-55, I-74, and near I-39.
Casual and friendly family atmosphere. Quick, fast authentic Italian food and reasonably priced. Offers dine in or take out.
The Thomas Shoppe
The Thomas Shoppe has homecoming dresses, prom dresses, an everyday causal outfit or dress and more to pick from for any occasion.
Lippold Park Family Golf Center
The mini putt courses have been designed with separate themes, including the handicapped accessible Sports-N-Courts with a sports theme, and Tees-N-Trees with a prairie theme.
CITY: Crystal Lake
Decatur Conference Center & Hotel
370 rooms, 18 suites, 2 restaurants, lounge, conference facility, small meeting rooms, indoor pool, fitness center and banquet facilities
The Gabby Goat American Pub & Grill is the premier restaurant and sports bar in Effingham, IL for your next night out, event, gathering, party, breakfast, lunch, or dinner! The Gabby Goat is all about a culmination of creativity, desire, passion, and just plain old hard work. We are an American Pub and Grill. The driving force throughout our development has been and will always be to provide you, our guests, with the “Greatest Of All Times.”
Puerto Vallarta serves authentic Mexican food at affordable prices within a friendly atmosphere.
Angelic Organics Learning Center
We offer public and custom programs for children, adults, and families on our beautiful, organic farm to help build the local food system. Whether its a day camp or a cheese making workshop, participants gain hands-on experience preparing farm-fresh food, from field to table, while learning about organic agriculture and the whole farm system in the process. The Learning Center also offers farmer training and support to beginning farmers and facilitates youth-led urban agriculture projects in Chicago and Rockford.
Hampton Inn & Suites - Normal
The Hampton Inn & Suites hotel in Bloomington-Normal is within walking distance of the Shoppes at College Hills. The Hampton Inn & Suites offers a full range of services and amenities to make your stay with us exceptional. Their promise to guests is a clean, comfortable hotel room.
Thorn Creek Nature Center
Enjoy a day in the country while learning about wildlife through nature displays and exhibits.
CITY: Park Forest
Family style dining, carry out available. Serves delicious homemade hamburgers and much more. Famous for their Chili Mac.
This 16 lane bowling alley boasts a pro shop with drilling, snack bar, arcade and billards room, and Glow Bowling. Also available are party packages, 9 pin bowling and league play.
Bike and Hike
The Bike and Hike staff is crazy about their bikes! They know plenty about what bike is right for you and with a wide variety of bikes in stock. The staff speaks several different cycling languages; mountain biking, road cycling, BMX and commuting.
Old-fashioned ice cream shop featuring 51 flavors of ice cream, plus hamburgers, and Chicago style hot dogs made with fresh, local products. Also, featuring custom made ice cream cakes ,cookies and German Chocolate cake. Dine in or carry out. Credit Cards accepted.
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
A fun, family friendly restaurant with a full menu that features award-winning traditional wings, boneless wings, chicken tenders, naked tenders, spun in one of 14 signature sauces. From barbeque to blazin, there's a sauce for everyone in the family. The menu also includes burgers wraps, salads, ribs and more. With a multitude of plasmas and big screen tv's it's the perfect place to watch your favorite team.
Guests have the opportunity to rent canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats to explore the rivers and lakes at Kickapoo State Park. Canoe and kayak trips (8 or 13 mile) are offered or rentals can be done by the hour. Following your adventure, guests can grab a bite to eat at the on-site Dockside Cafe which offers live music throughout the summer.
Come out to Allstate Arena this summer to enjoy a night of world-class basketball and family fun with the Chicago Sky! With a season that runs May through August, the Sky provides summer-fun for all ages. Chicago's premier women’s professional basketball team offers fans the unique opportunity to get their group in the game, and on the court. Groups can register to high five the Sky players, deliver the game ball to the referee, play on the same court as the Sky or sing the National Anthem. No other sporting event allows you to get as up-close-and-personal with the players!
Synergy Flight Center, LLC
Synergy Flight Center offers a number of recreational activities for visitors. They offer introductory flights, flight lessons and a flight simulator that visitors can rent by the hour.
Edwards Apple Orchard West
Edwards West is a popular destination for families to enjoy the sights, tastes, and activities of an apple orchard and farm market. For a fun family outing, enjoy the experience of picking your own apples, pumpkins and raspberries. Visit the play area featuring the wooden bus and train, the corn cribs, the wagon slide and our animals in the "Petting Farm." Stroll through the over 100 year old dairy barn with displays of bright colored apples, freshly squeezed cider, fresh apple cider donuts, and wonderful gift items that are on display.
Carterville High School Performing Arts Theatre
This 750 seat theatre features a full orchestra pit, large stage, air conditioning and convenient and ample parking for audience members. From a performance standpoint, the auditorium also features a large backstage dressing area and wondrous acoustics.
Quality Inn - Woodstock
Fifty-room hotel. Minutes from downtown Woodstock.
Pirate Pete's Family Entertainment Center
Pirate Pete's is an arcade with a large snack bar, pool tables, laser tag, and redemption prizes. Features a 2000 square foot laser tag room. Fun for kids and adults alike!
Pagliai's Pizza & Pasta
This family-owned and operated restaurant has been successfully serving delicious Italian cuisine in Carbondale's downtown for more than 20 years. Known for both thin and thick crust, there's no question that "Pag's" has set the standard high for "Carbondale Style" pizza!
Got 2B Scrappin'
They have everything necessary for scrapbooking or for arts and crafts. The ladies who work there teach classes and do private lessons.
Family owned & operated since 1922, Dinkel’s Bakery is a REAL working bakery in Chicago. Their signature products include: stollen, donuts, cakes, cookies, Danish and specialty baked goods.
From the Field Cooking School and Catering
From the Field Cooking School and Catering, located in Morton, offers a variety of cooking classes and catering services. Classes are hands on; and From the Field is happy to build a class around your needs… just tell them what you’re looking for! There’s something for everyone: from couples’s classes to knife skills, kitchen rentals to corporate outings, and custom baked goods made just to your liking. We are a culinary education center designed for the everyday person. We teach you how to prepare great meals, cooking techniques, the science of cooking, kitchen safety and sanitation, some food history and other useful information presented in clear easy to understand and entertaining manner. We offer hands-on cooking classes, demonstration classes, couple's night, corporate team building, private group cooking classes and offer commercial kitchen rental.
Cannon Park Community Market
Cannon Park Community Market is a producer-only market that features many of the Southern Illinois region’s farmers, growers, and artisans. Wednesdays from 3-7pm at the Carterville Community Center in Cannon Park, the market provides the Tri-C area with fresh local foods, artisan crafts, and family-friendly activities.
Kristof's Entertainment Center
Complete entertainment for all ages and interests. Bowling, mini golf, Go Karts, redemption arcade, batting cages, birthday parties and a haunted house. Lunch and dinner served daily. Bar and billards with various night time entertainment. A safe and fun environment for all members of the family. Kristof's is a smoke-free facility.
CITY: Round Lake Beach
Zoo Year's Eve
Rock in the "Zoo Year 2015" with your friends at Brookfield Zoo! In the Holly Jolly Theater there will be live DJ music, games, party favors, prizes and an early countdown at 8pm. Also at the Hamill Family Play Zoo you can make your own noisemaker and enjoy an early kid-friendly countdown. This area is perfect for families with children ages 6 and under. This event is free with paid zoo admission.
Dicken's Holiday Village
Olde England comes alive in Historic Downtown Antioch with lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens Era. Experience this public art exhibit while strolling among the delight streets of Antioch. Enjoy the charm of Dickens among the many boutiques, gift shops and eateries. Also enjoy special Saturday Dickens activities.
Baymont Inn and Suites - Freeport
This hotel, where you can feel like home, is conveniently located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Illinois Highway 26 north of Freeport. There are 63 rooms and eleven whirlpool suites. Handicapped and non-smoking rooms, heated indoor pool, whirlpool, exercise facilities, cable TV, free wireless high speed internet access, microwave, mini fridge, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, coffee makers, safes, desks, pets allowed with a $35 fee, on site coin laundry, dry cleaning available, complimentary enhanced breadkast.
7th Annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
The annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is one of the most popular spring running events in the Midwest… and, arguably, the country with its fast and flat course, ideal for qualifying for the Boston Marathon. With over 20,000 participants expected in the 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, relay and the youth run, the Illinois Marathon is a destination race for people from all over! From flat and fast courses to the Memorial Stadium 50-yard line finish to the rockin’ State Farm 27th Mile Celebrate Victory Bash, this has all the makings for the perfect spring getaway. 217-351-4133
Emery Brothers Skating Rink
Opened in 1986, this indoor rink is open seasonally from August to May. Public skating sessions are the main attraction but the rink is available for private parties as well. Large arcade, snack bar and Skate Shop on site.
Bennie's Italian Foods
Small Italian restaurant with delicious authentic cooking. Made fresh everyday and homemade. Family oriented, dine in, take out, and delivery.
Right in the middle of Energy you will find Bruce Park. A nicely manicured 8 acre park with trees, pavilions, ball diamonds and soccer fields. The park is a great place to take your family on an outing or for your kids to participate in local sports. While you are there, take a look at the military memorial. There is also a monument with the bell from a schoolhouse that stood on the site.
Ray Fosse Park
Ray Fosse Park is centrally located and offers playground equipment, four lighted picnic shelters, picnic tables, tennis courts, seven baseball fields, Goofy Golf, batting cages & three concession stands and the Park District’s Aquatic Center. The Aquatic Center traditionally opens the last weekend in May. The facility includes swimming pool, diving boards, water slide and separate baby pool with a mushroom sprinkler fountain. You can contact the Aquatic Center, during open season, at (618) 997-1115. Goofy Golf and Batting Cages open in April.
Kick off the holiday season in Effingham as the community celebrates a Hometown Christmas on Saturday, November 29th in downtown Effingham. The event is sponsored by The Effingham Central Business Group, the Effingham Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau. Welcome Santa to town at 4 p.m. as he travels down Jefferson Street arriving on the west side of the Courthouse square lawn. Santa will then make his way to his house to greet and hand out treats to all of the children who come to visit him. Carolers will be filling the air with your favorite Christmas songs throughout the evening. There will also be complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides around the downtown area, along with children’s activities and other goodies. Santa will continue making visits to the Courthouse location throughout the holiday season. And be sure to stop by the Effingham CVB's tent in the downtown area to get some free Effingham souvenirs and register to win a great family-friendly Effingham basket! Stick around downtown for the official lighting of the City of Effingham Community Christmas Tree by Santa and Mayor Gillenwater at 6:30 p.m. We’ll countdown and watch downtown become a beautiful winter wonderland! Take a trip back in time reliving the history of Effingham County with a tour of the Effingham County Courthouse Museum. The 143 year old courthouse captures the past, present and future of our county’s history. Come in and share your family’s story with the staff. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and admission is free to the public.